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- Handling crosses
- 1 v 1 play
Washington Goalkeeping started in 2007 with the goal of teaching, instructing, training, and coaching youth and collegiate goalkeepers in the game of soccer.
Since its inception, we’ve coached more than 200 goalkeepers in various levels of club, collegiate, high school, and private training sessions.
Washington GK – how it came to be.
Rich Cullen was born and raised in Spokane. He played multiple sports growing up but fell in love with goalkeeping from the first moment he stepped on the field as a 4 year old. From humble beginnings, Rich progressed to the Region IV ODP pool and eventually played college soccer at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a four-year letterman at Air Force, and a three-time all conference selection. He was chosen by the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in the 2000 Superdraft and spent a year as a developmental player dressing periodic games in the back-up role.
Rich then went on to play for the Seattle Sounders of the United Soccer Leagues First Division from 2001-2003. After two years as a back-up starting the occasional game, Rich got his chance in the starting role and shined. He led the Sounders to the A-League’s (USL-1) semi-finals and was selected to the 2nd team all-league.
Still serving in the active duty Air Force in 2004, Rich was chosen for assignment back to the Air Force Academy to become an assistant coach for the Men’s Soccer program. Rich moved back to Spokane in 2007 and has been coaching at the youth club and collegiate levels since then. Rich most recently served as the GK coach for the Eastern Washington University Women’s Program from 2014-2017, and is an independent financial planner with Financial Management, Inc., when not coaching soccer or being a husband and father.
Washington Goalkeeping has trained over 200 youth goalkeepers in camps, clinics, and private training throughout the inland northwest.